Take This Waltz

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(out of 5)


Sarah Polley follows her heartbreaking and deep Away From Her with this insipid, unwatchable romantic melodrama.  is annoyingly moody as an advisor for Parks and Recreation Canada who, while visiting a historical re-enactment tourist site, meets a handsome artist and rickshaw driver (, the film’s best performance) who immediately makes googly eyes at her. I realize that she’s attractive, but she is not particularly charismatic, in fact her responses to him are almost downright rude, and she gives windy speeches about how she is “afraid of connections” which is why she fakes disability at airports and has air hostesses lead her about in a wheelchair (that’s just the first of the film’s many miscalculated quirks). She goes back to her Toronto life with cookbook writer husband () and their increasingly dull relationship: they love each other so much, but raw passion is being replaced by friendly love and Kirby is offering her a way out. What the audience needs is a way out of one contrived situation after another, chock full of astonishingly bad dialogue that aims for whimsy but just comes off as cloying nonsense.  co-stars, unbelievably, as Williams’ recovering alcoholic sister-in-law.


Joe’s Daughter, Astral Media, The Harold Greenberg Fund

Canada/Spain/Japan, 2011

Directed by

Screenplay by Sarah Polley

Cinematography by

Produced by , Sarah Polley

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2011

 

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